Studio Dragon has done it again with another amazing drama that has taken the world by storm. Happiness is a thrilling K series that combines elements of a zombie epidemic, complex characters, and thought-provoking plotlines. While the show certainly has its fair share of inconsistencies, the overall experience is nothing short of amazing.
The acting in Happiness is top-notch, with each actor delivering a stellar performance that draws you into the story. Han Hyo-joo shines as Yoon Sae-bom and her character’s growth and evolution is nothing short of amazing as is her chemistry with Park Hyung-sik.
Jo Woo-jin also deserves praise for his portrayal of Han Tae-seok, a conflicted researcher searching for a cure to the virus. His performance is nuanced and layered, showcasing the internal struggle of a man torn between his duty and his personal desires.
One of the standout aspects of Happiness is its unique take on the zombie epidemic. The show introduces the concept of “mad person disease,” a virus that spreads through scratches and bites. This fresh twist adds an extra layer of tension and suspense to the story, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. I will not be revealing too much about the origins of the disease and how it evolves, but to be honest the epidemic feels more credible than what we are used to and feels a bit more grounded.
The plot of Happiness is filled with intriguing twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. The plot’s pacing is slow at times, but the detective work and diverse plot lines keep you immersed. The introduction of the apartment building segment adds another layer of complexity to the narrative, highlighting the stark class discrimination that exists within society and the sheer greed and selfishness that consume society in dire times.
As the outbreak intensifies, the characters are faced with difficult choices that test their humanity. The question of whether to view the infected as human beings or as threats forms a central theme throughout the series. This psychological battle adds depth to the story, forcing the characters to confront their own prejudices and fears.
One of the standout moments in Happiness is the revelation that Yoon Sae-bom’s blood contains antibodies that could hold the cure for the disease. This discovery sets in motion a race against time as Han Tae-seok seeks to exploit her blood for the greater good. The personal motivations of the characters add an emotional depth to the story, making it more than just a typical zombie thriller.
While Happiness is undoubtedly a gripping drama, it does have its flaws. There are some inconsistencies in the story and plot that I found confusing and irritating at times. I cannot mention them not to spoil the story for you guys, but once you see it you might assume which these are.
Simply put, Happiness is a must-watch Korean drama that combines elements of horror, suspense, and complex character dynamics. Despite a few inconsistencies, the show delivers a thrilling and thought-provoking experience. The exceptional acting, direction, and unique interpretation of the zombie epidemic genre make Happiness one of the better series of its kind. Once again I find my self enjoying what Korean series more that what Hollywood has to offer.